Mukhtaran Mai case: Munter expresses disappointment over verdict

"The government should ensure the security of Mukhtaran Mai...violating the sanctity of a woman is a sordid act."


Express April 28, 2011

QUETTA: US ambassador Cameron Munter on Thursday expressed disappointment over the acquittal of the accused in Mukhtaran Mai's gang rape case.

"The government should ensure the security of Mukhtaran Mai as the Supreme Court said that violating the sanctity and chastity of a woman is a sordid , despicable and squalid act which is considered abhorrent in any civilized society" Munter said in a statement issued by the US embassy.

"I admire her courage for speaking up about the crime."

Munter also appreciated Mai's commitment to her work, inspiring and educating Pakistani women about their fundamental rights.

Visit to Balochistan

The American Ambassador also earlier called on the Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, Muhammad Aslam Bhotani in Quetta. The leaders of the parliamentary parties in the Balochistan Assembly were also present on the occasion. Various matters including the political situation of Balochistan came under discussion during the meeting.

Speaking to the media, Munter said the US will provide funds for the improvement of health and education in Balochistan.

This is a maiden visit of Munter to Quetta after his appointment as US ambassador in Pakistan. He is expected to meet government officials and political leaders during his stay in Quetta.

COMMENTS (14)

Rebecca Stevens | 10 years ago | Reply Women are half of humanity. We deserve to be able to live in safety and with dignity. I grieve, Ms. Mai, for what happened and I applaud your courage.
MAS | 10 years ago | Reply second wife of a local constable mukhtar mai is a big big fraud. pls read details in daily ausaf of april 29, 2011. according to paper, her brother is involved in water theft in muzaffargarh.
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